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Morning and Evening

The more you know about Christ, the less will you be satisfied with superficial views of Him; and the more deeply you study His transactions in the eternal covenant, His engagements on your behalf as the eternal Surety, and the fulness of His grace which shines in all His offices, the more truly will you see the King in His beauty.  Be much in such outlooks.  Long more and more to see Jesus.  Meditation and contemplation are often like windows of agate, and gates of carbuncle, through which we behold the Redeemer.  Meditation puts the telescope to the eye, and enables us to see Jesus after a better sort than we could have sen Him if we had lived in the days of His flesh.

Would that our conversation were more in heaven, and that we were more taken up with the person, the work, the beauty of our  incarnate Lord.  More meditation, and the beauty of the King would flash upon us with more resplendence.  Beloved, it is very probably that we shall have such a sight of our glorious King as we never had before, when we come to die. Many saints in dying have looked up from amidst the stormy waters, and have seen Jesus walking on the waves of the sea, and heard Him say, ‘It is I, be not afraid’.  Ah, yes! when the tenement begins to shake, and the clay falls away, we see Christ through the rifts, and between the rafters the sunlight of heaven comes streaming in.

But if we want to see face to face the ‘King in His beauty’, we must go to heaven for the sight, or the King must come here in person.  O that He would  come on the wings of the wind!  He is our Husband, and we are widowed by His absence; He is our Brother dear and fair, and we are lonely without Him.  Thick veils and clouds hang between our souls and their true life: when shall the day break and shadows flee away?  Oh, long-expected day, begin!

by Charles Spurgeon

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Morning and Evening

‘Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen‘  Zechariah 11:2

“When in the forest there is heard the crash of a falling oak, it is a sign that the woodman is abroad, and every tree in the whole company may tremble lest tomorrow the sharp edge of the axe should find it out.  We are all like trees marked for the axe, and the fall of one should remind us that for every one, whether great as the cedar, or humble as the fir, the appointed hour is stealing on apace.  I trust we do not, by often hearing of death, become callous to it.  May we never be like the birds in the steeple, which build their nests when the bells are tolling, and sleep quietly when the solemn funeral peals are startling the air.

“May we regard death as the most weighty of all events, and be sobered by its approach.  It ill behoves us to sport while our eternal destiny hangs on a thread.  The sword is out of its scabbard – let us not trifle; it is furbished, and the edge is sharp – let us not play with it.  He who does not prepare for death is more than an ordinary fool, he is a madman.  When the voice of God is heard among the trees of the garden, let fig tree and sycamore, and elm and cedar, alike hear the sound therof.

“Be ready, servant of Christ, for thy Master comes on a sudden, when an ungodly world least expects Him.  See to it that thou be faithful in His work, for the grave shall soon be digged for thee.   Be ready, parents, see that your children are brought up in the fear of God, for they must soon be orphans; be ready, men of business, take care that your affairs are correct, and that you serve God with all your hearts, for the days of your terrestial service will soon be ended, and you will be called to give account for the deeds done in the body, whether they be good or whether they be evil.  May we all prepare for the tribunal of the great King with a care which shall be rewarded with gracious commendation, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant’.”

By Charles Spurgeon

Morning and Evening

Charles Spurgeon

‘Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord’ Exodus 14:13

These words contain God’s command to the believer when he is reduced to great straits and brought into extraordinary difficulties. He cannot retreat; he cannot go forward; he is shut up on the right hand and on the left; what is he now to do? The Master’s word to him is , ‘Stand still’. It will be well for him if at such times he listens only to his Master’s word, for other and evil advisors come with their suggestions. Despair whispers, ‘Lie down and die; give it all up’. But God would have us put on a cheerful courage, and even in our worst times, rejoice in His love and faithfulness. Cowardice says, ‘Retreat; go back to the worldling’s way of action; you cannot play the Christians part, it is too difficult. Relinquish your principles’. But, however much Satan may urge this course upon you, you cannot follow it if you are a child of God.

His divine fiat has bid thee go from strength to strength, and so thou shalt, and neither death nor hell shall turn thee from thy course. What, if for a while thou art called to stand still, yet this is but to renew thy strength for some greater advance in due time. Precipitancy cries, ‘Do something. Stir yourself; to stand still and wait is sheer idleness’. We must be doing something at once – we must do it so we think – instead of looking to the Lord, who will not only do something but will do everything (my emphasis).

Presumption boasts, ‘If the sea be before you, march into it and expect a miracle’. But Faith listens neither to Presumption, nor to Despair, nor to Cowardice, nor to Precipitancy, but it hears God say, ‘Stand still’; keep the posture of an upright, ready for action, expecting further orders, cheerfully and patiently awaiting the directing voice; and it will not be long ere God shall say to you, as distinctly as Moses said to the people of Israel, ‘Go forward’.

Suffering For the Truth

After yesterday’s post on heartbreak and the goodness of God, I believe the Lord reminded me through my daily Bible reading as well as the devotional by Charles Spurgeon.  We will suffer persecution for doing what is right and the Bible comments on the fact that we should rejoice in the midst of such sufferings.  We don’t rejoice that we are going through it but we rejoice in the fact that we are counted worthy to suffer for the sake of the Lord.  (Acts 6)

Morning and Evening

“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego answered and said…’Be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods.'”  Daniel 3:16,18

The narrative of the manly courage and marvellous deliverance of the three holy children, or rather champions, is well calculated to excite in the minds of believers firmness and steadfastness in upholding the truth in the teeth of tyranny and in the very jaws of death.  Let young Christians especially learn from their example, both in matters of faith in religion, and matters of uprightness in business, never to sacrifice their consciences.  Lose all rather than lose your integrity, and when all else is gone, still hold fast a clear conscience as the rarest jewel which can adorn the bosom of a mortal.

Be not guided by the will-o’-the-wisp policy, but by the pole-star of divine authority.  Follow the right at all hazards.  When you see no present advantage, walk by faith and not by sight.  Do God the honour to trust Him when it comes to matters of loss for the sake of principle.  See whether He will be your debtor!  See if He doth not even in this life prove His word that ‘Godliness, with contentment, is great gain’, and that they who ‘seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, shall have all these things added unto them’.  Should it happen that, in the providence of God, you are a loser by conscience, you shall find that if the Lord pays you not back in the silver of prosperity, He will discharge His promise in the gold of spiritual joy.

Remember that a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of that which he possesseth.  To wear a guileless spirit, to have a heart void of offence, to have the favour and smile of God, is greater riches than the mines of Ophir could yield, or the traffic of Tyre could win.  ‘Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and inward contention therewith.’  An ounce of heart’s-ease is worth a ton of gold.

by Charles Spurgeon

I couldn’t agree with him more!

Delight Yourself in the Lord

I have noticed many discussions on Psalm 37:4, “Delight thyself also in the Lord and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” The ones that talk the loudest about it are normally the ones that are serving only themselves and really do not delight themselves in the Lord. They are so far away from the Lord and live only to please themselves and yet when they receive things they say it’s because they are delighting in the Lord. This causes a shaking of the head and rolling of the eyes because we know that delighting in the Lord means we are truly living FOR the Lord with delight in the things that the Lord delights in. I read this devotional by Charles Spurgeon this morning and am in total agreement. Let us truly delight ourselves in the Lord according to HIS will. This would mean that we submit to Him in every area of life with our only desire to please HIM! Read on!

Psalm 37:4

“Delight thyself also in the Lord…”

The teaching of these words must seem very surprising to those who are strangers to vital godliness, but to the sincere believer it is only the inculcation (definition Here) of a recognised truth. The life of the believer is here described as a delight in God, and we are thus certified of the great fact that true religion overflows with happiness and joy. Ungodly persons and mere professors never look upon religion as a joyful thing; to them it is service, duty, or necessity, but never pleasure or delight. If they attend to religion at all, it is either that they may gain thereby, or else because they dare not do otherwise. The thought of delight in religion is so strange to most men, that no two words in their language stand further apart than ‘holiness’ and ‘delight’.

But believers who know Christ, understand that delight and faith are so blessedly united, that the gates of hell cannot prevail to separate them. They who love God with all their hearts find that His ways are ways of pleasantness, and all His paths are peace. Such joys, such brimful delights, such overflowing blessednesses, do the saints discover in their Lord, that so far from serving Him from custom, they would follow Him though all the world cast out His name as evil. We fear not God because of any compulsion; our faith is no fetter, our profession is no bondage, we are not dragged to holiness, nor driven to duty. No, our piety is our pleasure, our hope is our happiness, our duty is our delight.

Delight and true religion are as allied as root and flower; as indivisible as truth and certainty; they are, in fact, two precious jewels glittering side by side in a setting of gold.

‘Tis when we taste Thy love,
Our joys divinely grow,
Unspeakable like those above,
And heaven begins below.

by Charles Spurgeon

Choice Gleanings – Trials

As I am reading through the “Choice Gleanings” daily there are many times I find just the right encouragement at the right time. As in every life of a true believer, many times there are things that we have to go through that help us to become more like the Lord Jesus Christ. I have found encouragement today and am thankful that the Lord uses things in our lives to change us! May our lives reflect the Lord Jesus Christ today then it did yesterday!

We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

2 Corinthians 4:7

Are we going through suffering and heartache? God has not forgotten us! Rather He has chosen us, to reveal His excellent power. God is well able to deliver us from our problems, but like Paul with a “thorn in the flesh,” He may want us to live wit hit for awhile. This will show to the world that His grace is sufficient for us and His strength is made perfect in our weakness (2 Cor. 12:9).

—by David Croudace

He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater;

He sendeth more strength when the labours increase.

To added affliction He addeth His mercy;

To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace. — A. J. Flint

Peace With God

Micah 7:8

“Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; When I fall, I will arise; When I sit in darkness, The LORD will be a light to me.”

When trouble, restless fears, anxious fretfulness, strive to overpower the soul, our safety is in saying, “My God, I believe in Thy perfect goodness and wisdom and mercy. What Thou doest I cannot now understand; but I shall one day see it all plainly. Meanwhile i accept Thy will, whatever it may be, unquestioning, without reserve.” There would be no restless disturbance in our souls, if we were quite free from any — it may be almost unconscious– opposition to God’s will. But we do struggle against it, we do resist; and so long as that resistance endures we cannot be at peace. Peace, and even joy, are quite compatible with a great deal of pain — even mental pain — but never with a condition of antagonism or resistance.

by H. L. Sidney Lear